FC Humber returned to league action at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium off the back of a heavy home defeat against league high flyers, Nostell Miners Welfare FC and the club were left in good spirits after a solid performance that the club perhaps should have deserved more from. Humber hosted Doncaster outfit Armthorpe Welfare, who began the day inside the league’s top ten after a decent string of results to start their season. Hope ensued for Humber, in perhaps causing a proverbial upset and coming away with a decent result against another of the league’s high flyers. 

As for the hosts, FC Humber had begun the day in search of a return to the calm, composed and professional approach once seen in pre-season and more noticeably, against Selby Town and North Ferriby; but it was perhaps going to be an arduous task against a decent side such as Welfare. In search of perhaps writing a few wrongs, the game had begun as perhaps any game would; an intense opening few minutes the was borderline physical as the twenty-two combatants of Humber and Welfare vied for early supremacy. 

Having lost eight-nil at the Marra Falcons Stadium little over three weeks ago, Humber set out to prove a point after such a heavy defeat and showed true grit and desire in the early exchanges. Their efforts soon paid dividends in the fifth minute; after forcing an early corner, the ball fell to Jonathan Wileman, who was able to lose his marker, turn and fire into the top corner. A goal we have become accustomed to at FC Humber. 

It wasn’t long before Welfare levelled; Adam Baskerville levelled the tie for Welfare in the ninth minute, after thundering home an angled shot off the right hand post from the edge of the area. Stemming from previous encounters, the perceived expectation would have seen Welfare push on after levelling the game but that never really materialised and in fact it was the hosts who continued to leave it all on the field of play. Humber almost retook the lead in the thirteenth minute when Szymon Czubik’s effort across goal clipped Eddie Wileman and flew over the bar. 

Aiden Smith was forced into a decent save at the other end;  Harry Brown saw his well struck thirty-five yard effort pushed past the post and that was perhaps all that Welfare could muster for the remainder of the half. Brandon Burke headed wide just past the half hour before Szymon Czubik found himself in behind the Welfare defence and slotted home an angled shot, regaining a much deserved lead for Humber in the thirty-third minute. 

HT: FCHU 2-1 Armthorpe Welfare

When it comes to the second forty-five, it was very much business as usual for Humber. A solid pep talk had perhaps fired up Humber in leaving it all on the field of play, however, it was the visitors whom had the opening opportunity of the half and were very close to levelling the tie once more; Noel Burdett whipped in a lovely cross to the far post for Harry Brown whom slid in for the opportunity yet was unable to get the required touch needed.

The opening salvo of the half saw Humber have multiple opportunities to extend their lead, whilst their opposition perhaps lacked a grasp on the game. That said, Welfare did have an opportunity or two themselves to level the fixture; Sean Dickinson fired straight at Aiden Smith in the seventy-sixth minute and Adam Baskerville failed to latch on to a Jack Shaw cross a minute later. A much improved performance saw Humber grow as the game went on and set up a tense finish for those in attendance. 

Humber hearts sank at the death as an Adam Baskerville over head kick found the back of the net in the eighty-seventh minute sending the game into a two all draw in the final minutes. Much to the credit of Humber, the lads refused to let go and continued to push right up until the final whistle. Despite a Welfare player being down, the referee initiated play on and Brandon Burke broke free down the left flank and rounded Joe Mellor but his shot on goal was cleared of the line by Steve Garner. Humber would have perhaps entered a state of euphoria if it weren’t for the clearance. 

FT: FCHU 2-2 Armthorpe Welfare

As It Happened

Far better performance 

Hosting Welfare at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, brought about a far better performance from FC Humber United. Despite conceding a late equaliser, Humber were far better on and off the ball. The whole team battled well throughout the full ninety minutes and Humber offered a more calm and perhaps solid approach at the back. Going forward, the squad have perhaps rekindled their scoring form and desire which is what we’ll need, heading into fixtures at Shirebrook Town and Rainworth MW. . 

Positivity renewed

Many have commented on the positivity and togetherness that has perhaps made it’s return to the Humber fold. Humber offered both in the bucket load against fellow NCEL outfit Armthorpe and there will certainly be plenty to move on from and build upon, heading into future games this season. Could it be said, this is perhaps a turning point for the club?!

Man of the Match 

In a game that had a number of potential candidates for man of the match, from Jonathan Morritt to Brandon Burke to Aiden Smith and the Wileman’s or Szymon. However, in a game that saw a much-improved Humber side, the man of the match sponsored by Talk Tonight – Selby CIC, Jack Gascoigne. One of many who had a decent game, Gazza was all over the park, tracked back to regain possession, and looked good going forward, as did others around him. Gazza also contributed vocally throughout the game, ensuring the team remained focused for the full ninety. 

Post-Match Thoughts

Speaking after the game in a post-match interview, first team coaches Andy Leech and Oli Barton offered an honest assessment of a heart stopping, two all draw at home to Armthorpe Welfare. Oly Barton began: “It was a Really hard-working performance today, the team played for each other and learnt from mistakes of previous weeks. They developed and have probably edged the game and deserved to win, but looking back, a draw is a result both teams can come away happy with. Defensively, Aiden’s not really had to make any outstanding saves, we ourselves missed some big opportunities but all in all the lads had a real fire in their bellies today.” 

Andy Leech commented on his thoughts on a decent result: “At the start of the game, I asked the lads to leave everything on the pitch. Give ninety minutes of hard work and we come in at half time winning two-one and could’ve gone on and won the game. I spoke to the lads in the changing room, reiterated they need to make sure they give it their all and to be honest, they did exactly that. In all honesty, it was a good goal that got the equaliser, nine times out of ten that perhaps would have gone over the bar or wide, but it went in. 

We had chances to get another two or three goals out of the game, but it was just poor decision making in front of goal that let us down, whether that was a case of taking the shot on rather than laying it off or vice versa. But, if you’d have told us before the game, we’d get a point out of this, we’d have ripped your hands off. We altered the formation at half time, to suit the game being we were two-one up at half-time and we didn’t want to lose it. All in all, I’m happy with the squad and we’ve done well. With the dust now settled, the lads should hold their heads up high and take their efforts today into future games.”

FC Humber United XI: Aiden Smith, Luca Binsley, David Hancock, Jack Gascoigne, Craig Allen, Jonathan Morritt, Szymon Czubik, Jamie Phillips, Jonathan Wileman, Eddie Wileman and Brandon Burke. 

Subs: Oly Barton, Cam Hall, Andy Leech and Tom Phillips. 

Armthorpe Welfare XI: Joe Mellor, Jack Shaw, Lee Betts, Jack Wilson, Alex Varley, Steve Garner, Sean Dickinson, Max Hatton, Adam Baskerville, Harry Brown and Noel Burdett.

Subs: Charlie Shelley, Josh Bucknall, James Bytheway, Billy Ball and Lee Morris. 

Tom Devereux | Media Executive | FC Humber United

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September 27, 2021